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Exploration Activity: Global Cloud Patterns
In this activity, students characterize some global patterns of deep, cold-topped clouds visible on global infrared satellite images. They will apply these characterizations to answer questions about local and global patterns of precipitation. The questions concern what clouds are and how they form, atmospheric cooling, rising air, precipitation, and the use of remote satellite imagery to see precipitation-producing clouds and storms. They will also create animated global infrared satellite images and answer some questions concerning them.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Computer activity
Subject:
  • Atmospheric science
Technical requirements:
Internet access and an appropriate browser are required to perform this activity. Animations require Javascript.
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright and other restrictions information are unknown.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-007-920
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Dr Dave Dempsey
San Francisco State University, Department of Geosciences

Contact: Dr Bob Abrams
San Francisco State University, Department of Geosciences

Contact: Dr Isabel Quita
San Francisco State University, Elementary Education Department